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Back on the wagon

Today is day 5 in a row that I have exercised. A small feat!!

I have brought back this oldie but goodie and the first time I did it, I had to pause it 3 times and was a hot, sweaty mess at the end. 🙂

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I am out of shape.

I have been alternating The Firm workout with Callenetics Express, a 17 minute total body, non impact workout. Sounds easy but it is not.

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These two workouts have been kicking my butt in a good way. I plan to do each video three times a week and then take a day of rest.

While I am not convinced I will be returning to my day job at the beginning of June, it would be nice if my clothes still fit comfortably just in case. Elastic waist pants are too forgiving.

Not much else is going on. My night job is handing out hours like it’s candy on Halloween. I have yet to work a week that was less than 40 hours. In fact, I keep getting requests to start earlier. Great for my wallet!

I have also started looking for a new day job. I know this is probably not the best time to be job searching but I am not certain that I will actually be returning to my current gig as the date keeps getting pushed out. Plus I am ready for change and should keep my options open.

Hope all is well in your world and you are healthy.

Feeling blessed

I really thought I would have posted more by now. Especially since I have more free time than usual as my day job laid me off 2 weeks ago. However in that time I opened up my schedule to the night job and they took full advantage. I have worked the past 29 days straight at one or both of my jobs. The last 2 weeks schedule at the night job had me on for 50 hours each week. Ordinarily I would complain but since it is my only source of income I am going to just smile and say thanks.

I have applied for unemployment benefits just in case these long hours do not continue. I have a bit of a break this week and am only working 33 hours and I have Friday AND Saturday off. Too bad I have no where to go. If I was a more productive person I would used those days to knock some chores off my list. We shall see.

I am still checking my day job emails daily to handle any easy fires. I am not obligated to but I am nosy and still a team player. Hurts to know that there are 3 people working reduced hours to try to accomplish what 9 people did full time. I will help out where I can.

In addition to this, I have tweaked my resume and have been applying to jobs. I have been feeling for a long while that it is time to start a new adventure but got complacent. Ideal this is probably not the best time but I have the time so I should make use of it.

With all my spare time, I have started exercising again. Leslie Sansone for the win!! I am hot, sweaty mess at the end of my 20 minute sessions and am starting to feel like I am getting back in shape.

Easter brought the end of Lent, so meat is back on my plate. It hasn’t happened yet as I think my body works better without meat. I am going to slowly introduce meat back into my diet and see what happens. Or maybe just eat meat twice a week as my new lifestyle choice.

Last week we needed groceries and braved the lineup at Costco. It took 30 minutes to get into the store and I stocked up on everything as the thought of lining up again just was not appealing. I am still out of some items I usually buy at a regular grocery store and will learn to get by without them for a bit longer. We have lots of meat, rice, bread and frozen veggies so we should be good for a few weeks.

The only thing that has suffered in this time is my reading. So this week, I am going to try to get up earlier and use that time to read. I am 4 books behind on my Goodreads yearly challenge.

I am trying to get current with my emails. I am a little embarrassed to say there are over 10,000 unread emails in my inboxes. 🙄 I am slowly catching up. There may or may not be emails from 2018 that I am still working on. So if I am commenting on old posts of yours please don’t judge me. LOL

Other than that, life is pretty relaxed over here. I’m avoiding the news a little as it is wearing on me. It is heartbreaking to hear all the tragedy. These are unprecedented times and it sucks feeling helpless. Despite all of this I still feel blessed. I have income in a time of such uncertainty. I have savings. My family is all safe and accounted for. We are all healthy for now. I really can’t ask for anything else.

Hope all is well with you and yours.

Overdue greetings

I think we can all agree, I am not managing this blog as well as I could. But I only have so much time and I prioritize rest before most things except work and exercise. I am working 60+ hours and still trying to work out at least 4 days a week. This was working well until I feel off the exercise bandwagon 3 weeks ago. I had to admit I was burnt out and needed a break. I am trying to find that perfect routine for me. Becoming a morning person is hard work.

My day job is slowing down and there were some lay offs last week. The rest of us have had our hours and pay cut to compensate for the decrease in business. This gives me 1 day off every week. On the flip side, the night job is ramping up so I am still busy. No rest for the wicked. At least I have the option to work from home with both jobs. So I see lots of days passed in pants with elastic waist! 🙂 I feel very fortunate to still have both jobs in a time when so many are faced with uncertainty.

I could not continue without acknowledging this global crisis we are all facing. Coronavirus has taken us all for a loop. It is frightening how quickly this virus has travelled around the world. Even more alarming is how casually way too many people are treating this situation. My heart has been breaking at the images of the elderly standing in empty aisles of toilet paper. Don’t get me started about the kids who depend on their schools to feed them and those schools are now closed. I pray that we somehow survive this and become better humans in the process.

I hope this message finds you in good health and you continue to be healthy.

Take care.

 

Officially an old person

Last Sunday as I was at the night job I was twitching my leg, when I heard something in my hip pop. I didn’t think anything about it at the time, until I got up. The pain was very unexpected as I have popped my hip before, although usually when laying down.

I hobbled around and was made fun of on Sunday at work. But still I didn’t think anything of it. Monday morning the pain was still there. So much so that I could only walk up the stairs at work one step at a time, leading with my right leg as my left leg REFUSED to co-operate. I spent the day being laughed at as twitching on a chair as the how I hurt myself is ridiculous. Most thought I hurt myself working out and in hindsight, I should have just gone with it.

I dragged myself into the night job on Monday (I keep writing that as Moanday). Spent a lot of time sitting, which might not have been the best decision. Went home, got in a fight with my oldest, sat some more and then cried real tears when I got up to walk to my bedroom. The pain was intense. Needless to say it took 10 minutes to make the journey. Managed to get myself into bed and was cold and could not fathom getting up again. At this point, I hollered at my child for help. She asked me if I put Tiger Balm on it.  Now I hurt and felt foolish.

I rubbed Tiger Balm on my hip and took 2 Advil and still could not find a comfortable position to sleep in. I survived the night and woke up feeling better. I am still not 100% but I do feel significantly better. It goes without saying no exercise was done last week. I’m going to start off slowly tomorrow.

I have a new found respect for those struggling with physical limitations and pain. Pain is very humbling.

First Sunday

Well it goes without saying that I will need to adjust my weekend schedule now that I am working Sundays instead of Saturdays.

Yesterday I had a baby shower to attend for one of my cousins. It ran from 2 pm – 7 pm  by the time we were finished cleaning up. Sigh. I then met a friend for dinner and ended up going back to her place to hang. I got home after midnight.

This morning I met up with my Dad for breakfast before he ran off to run errands. I was to meet up with a friend at noon but she did not respond to my texts/calls in the morning so I went back home to cook and start my laundry only to have her call me around noon to let me know that she was now up and available to visit. Ordinarily I would reschedule by this friend is on palliative care so tomorrow is not promised. I did a load and put it in the dryer and left my sheets washing before running out the door.

I managed to have a quick visit before having to run off to work. The night dragged as the call center was not busy. I sent multiple texts to my oldest to remind her to wash the towels and put them in the dryer. Instead of drying the sheets and towels separately she put them in together. This has not worked out well for me as I have been home over an hour now and they are still drying … I just pulled the towels out to focus on the sheets as I only have one set that fits my bed …

I am thinking all plans to getup early to workout tomorrow morning are starting to look fuzzy.

Last week we had most of our North American sales team in HQ. It was a long, tiring week as I attempted to get to work on time. I did get in early on the only day that really mattered for a meeting I think I could have lived without attending. Overall the week was good but so many unnecessary meetings.

Coming up this week, I have no plans outside of work and will be using my time to relax and figure out my new schedule.

The past couple weeks

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2 weeks ago, above was a short drive away. Went to Florida for my Grandfather’s 90th birthday party. It was attended by over 40 people who came from near and far. It was a great function. I am so very glad I went. I had lots of time with my Grandfather which is priceless. Seeing my Dad’s side of the family mostly all together was amazing.

I arrived on the Friday evening and soaked up the sun and family time for 5 glorious days. We severely over-estimated the amount of food needed for the party on Sunday and ended up with way too much food. Unfortunately I think most of it went to waste as we did not have any one to give it to and it was way too much to finish in the short time the majority of us were there.

At work we revamped our gym with 2 new Bowflex Max Trainer machines and a Peloton bike. I have been on the Max Trainer twice now and am recommitting to going to the gym at work on my days off. The preset workouts are 7, 14 and 21 minutes long. Right up my alley. So far I have only done the 7 minute version. Next week I will be stepping up to the 14 minute workout. This I will do for the rest of the summer just working on increasing the intensity.

My weekend shift change was approved a long while ago and yet I had to email the manager to ask her when it would take effect. Next week will be my first Sunday shift. This works out well as I have my cousin’s baby shower to attend next Saturday and a birthday party to attend the Saturday after that. I look forward to getting my social life back.

Next week my entire sales team is coming to HQ for the entire week. Going to have to try my best to get in to work on time. 😦 This will be a challenge for sure. But hopefully a habit I can keep up as I want to be able to leave at 5 pm with a clear conscience moving forward.

 

Happy Mother’s Day

This day has been very quiet day. My oldest is in Europe and my youngest went to work. I spent the day lounging. Went to see my own mother. She was in a good mood. Called my Aunt who is like a second mother to me. It was a good day.

Last week was great on the exercise front. I still don’t get up every morning but a workout was done 4 days last week. I’m getting there, slowly. I am still not eating after 8:30 pm. So that should help.

I ordered some clothes from Walmart of all places. I am a fan of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans. They manage to hide my side fat. I have more pairs than I care to admit to. Unfortunately some of them are starting to suffer from the inevitable chub rub. One of my coworkers told me that my jeans are in the local Walmart. I went online and found them for $9/pair!!! I bought all colours that were in my size.  4 new pairs of jeans for me. 1 pair is just slightly too small but I’m going to keep them as they were nine dollars! I’ll fit into them eventually.

I also picked up 2 dresses and a jumper to take to Florida.

Surprisingly these all got approval from my youngest.

My schedule change at the PT job was approved. Not sure when it will take effect as I am on the schedule this Saturday, but I know it is coming. Hello social life!!

I have been challenged by one of my very good friends to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. He knows that I will continue to put it off until my death bed if I am not pushed. This is still a work in progress. My first task is to identify the top 10 (minimum 8) things that are holding me back. This is harder that I thought it would be. But I will get on it.

My girl comes back on Thursday evening so I am going to have dinner with a friend near the airport before picking her up. Other than that this week should be mundane.